Cities in distress are pushing back against the deal, which would take more than $4 billion from local governments to help close the state budget deficit.
Parental rights count for much, but courts today are giving more credence to claims from a child's primary caregiver.
As lawmakers edge closer a budget deal, teachers' unions, business groups, and even the governor hit the airwaves with their demands.
Major banks say they won't honor IOUs that the state has issued. That could increase pressure on lawmakers – but it might not be the decisive factor.
Gov. Schwarzenegger stakes his political legacy on fiscal reform without tax hikes.
Economists worry that the budget deficit could hurt the state just as it has begun showing signs of recovery.